With a little relaxation in the covid norms, tourists from all over the country have started floating to Goa and one such group of tourists from Delhi was rescued by the lifeguards posted at the Dudhsagar Waterfalls.
According to the Hindustan Times reports, the Mahindra Thar vehicle they were travelling had marooned in the midstream. The group of tourists were on their way to Goa’s famous Dudhsagar waterfall situated in the midst of the Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary in Mollem along Goa’s border with Karnataka, and the road to the waterfall is going through the jungle and muddy roads.
The report suggests that due to the heavy rains the access to the waterfall has become more difficult the vehicle had to pass through fast flowing swollen Dudhsagar river which pose the threat to the travellers.
The report stated that it was the sheer mistake and overconfidence of the five Delhi based tourists that was about to cost them their lives only if the lifeguard had not come to their rescue in time.
“The Mahindra Thar vehicle they were traveling was marooned in the river due to the mistake of the driver who attempted to cross the fast flowing stream without having the proper judgement of the water flow,” said one of the lifeguard who rescued them.
According to the Drishti Marine Services, who recruits the lifeguards across the state on various tourist spots, initially the group of tourists were driving along the rocky terrain and suddenly they changed the mind and entered the fast flowing stream.
“The group of five were travelling to Dudhsagar along the rocky terrain when they decided to drive across a swelling river. On reaching the halfway mark, the vehicle stalled and refused to budge. The swelling waters gushed into the vehicle making it unstable. The men tried to escape but were unable to do so due to the force of the water,” Drishti, the lifeguarding agency, said in a statement.
“The men were secured and brought back to safety. The vehicle was marooned in the river and backup was called to assist with its recovery,” the statement added.
The road to the waterfall is a very difficult terrain and in fact the state government had initiated the move to build all weather road leading to the waterfall but due to the order from the Bombay High Court their plan was grounded.
The High court asked the state Government to first obtain a clearance from the National Wildlife Board before any work can start.